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Here Are Some New Book Recommendations From Celebrities

Looking for new book recommendations? Here are some of famous celebrities’ favorite books, maybe it will be yours too. 

Lady Gaga: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet is a collection of letters written by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) to Franz Xaver Kappus (1883–1966). “I read Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet every day,” said the pop star. 

Jon Hamm: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Hamm said, “I love reading plays. Part of the reason I became an actor was that I would read one and think, ‘Ah, it’d be fun to be in that.’ Arcadia is about the discovery of certain theories of physics and math, but it’s also a love story — a sad love story — infused with ideas of early feminism and the Industrial Revolution. The action bounces back and forth between the early 1800s and modern times stylistically and smoothly. And the words are just beautiful. Stoppard has an amazing command of the English language. He moves the plot along in such a way that if you’re not paying close attention, you won’t catch the five or six things that are going on. This is probably my favorite play — it’s got this weird combination of excellent dramatic writing and math and science. It sounds kind of nerdy, but there you go.”

Jennifer Lawrence: The Catcher in the Rye and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour by J.D. Salinger

“I’m so drawn to Salinger’s view of society back then, and to his sarcasm. I read Catcher in the Rye first, then Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour. I don’t think there’s ever been anything like these characters in American literature.”

Michelle Obama: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison 

“One of the books that I loved and read cover to cover in one day, not because anybody made me read it but because the book was good, it was a book called Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. And that book helped me love reading, because before then reading was kind of like something you did when you had to do it. But that book grabbed me and pulled me and I just kept reading and kept reading.”

Emma Watson: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

“I like books that aren’t just lovely but that have memories in themselves. Just like playing a song, picking up a book again that has memories can take you back to another place or another time.”


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